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May 16, 2006

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Earning Associate of Arts or Science Degree Can Guarantee
Acceptance at Four UHS Universities

HOUSTON, May 16, 2006 – It’s just become much easier to make the transition from Houston-area community colleges to one of the University of Houston System’s four institutions.

The UH System (UHS) and Houston-area community colleges are implementing a joint program that will facilitate the admission of students who complete an academic associate’s degree directly into UHS schools.

The program, which starts in the fall semester of 2006, guarantees admission to UH System universities to all Houston-area community college students who sign this joint admissions contract during their first year in community college then complete the academic associate’s degree in good standing.

“By establishing this joint admissions program, the Houston area community colleges and the UH System are providing students in our region a clear and reliable academic pathway,” said Donald J. Foss, UHS’ senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This should provide a tremendous inducement for community college students to complete their academic associate’s degrees and continue their upper level education. Since this will allow the participating community colleges and the UHS institutions to collaborate closely on coordinating course credits, academic advising and administrative issues, it should help reduce the costs involved. This is an important part of our shared commitment to increase participation in higher education in our region and to improve student persistence and academic success. ”

The UH System consists of the University of Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown, the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the University of Houston-Victoria. The Houston area community colleges involved in this agreement include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community Colleges, Lee College, North Harris Montgomery Community College District, San Jacinto College District, Victoria College and Wharton County Junior College.

The joint admissions agreement will be formalized by UH System and Houston-area community college officials during a signing ceremony at the University of Houston Tuesday, May 16. The agreement calls for the UH System to streamline the admissions process for participating students. In addition, the UH System will expand advising services at Houston-area community colleges to assist students in developing upper level degree plans. UH System will also create incentives for students to participate, such as access to selected UHS learning resources and admission to special events.

The agreement provides only general admission to the UHS universities. Requirements for admission to individual colleges or academic programs may vary from school to school.

For more information about the UH System, visit http://www.uhsa.uh.edu/.

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